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Sunday, January 6th, 2008
1:10 pm

The below is X-posted my LJ. I'm looking for LJ friends ect. who are going through the same (or similer) journy to me. I wasn't really sure what to write here so I decided it would be easier to just post it here. Feel free to add me, the more the better :)

I’m at the point in my life now where I really feel I’m ready to lose weight. In the past I’ve toyed with many diets without much success, just gaining more weight in the process.

I’ve always been overweight. Even as a young child I was chubby (although not as monstrously huge as my Mother and the other children wanted me to believe) but I steadily put on weight throughout my childhood. At the age of 11 my Mother took me to the doctor, I weighed in at 12 stone (168lbs). They ran a few blood tests but could find nothing wrong. Within a year I was around 15 stone ( 210lbs) and by the age of 14 I was 18 stone (250lbs). I managed to maintain that for about 4 years but since then it’s just gone downhill.

Now at 23 I’m pushing 25stone (350lbs) and I want my life back. I want to be able to go places without wondering if I’ll fit or if there will be a long walk involved (although to me a ‘long walk’ is considerably shorter than most people would class as a short walk). I don’t want to be abused in the street anymore, or have people write me off as nothing because I’m bigger than most.

I’ve decided to take a bit of an extreme measure. I don’t want to have to resort to surgery or end up so fat that I become immobile. So, I’m giving up eating all together. I’ve decided to try something called the Cambridge diet. Basically you cut food out all together and have three sachets of stuff a day worth 138 calories each.

I made the initial contact with the local counsellor yesterday and I’m going to go and meet her on Tuesday. It all does sound a bit scary. I’ll be weighed, measured and photographed and she’ll explain the diet to me in more detail. Then from Wednesday I’ll be on the diet.

I decided to make this journal because I feel that it will help me if I write things down, plus maybe get the support of (and support) other people on LJ. I also feel like documenting my struggles will help me to overcome them.

My goals and expectations are simple. I want my life back, I don’t want to fear going to sleep every night because I’m scared I won’t wake up, I want a future for myself and I want to be able to do simple things that everyone else takes for granted. I don’t care about being skinny. I’ve done this to myself and now it’s time to correct it.

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
6:03 pm - Entry Number One

Hello All. My name is Elizabeth and I will most likely be doing most of the blogging on our journal. My fiancee and I have decided to change our lives beginning Janurary 2008. We have both struggled with our weight most of our adult life, and want to take control back.

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Sunday, March 25th, 2007
1:50 pm

155lbs without clothes on. I haven't weighed myself in a while, but I'm impressed.

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Monday, December 4th, 2006
6:39 pm - day 1

I'm never doing an Internet diet plan after this.  I'm convinced the only way to change your body and feel good is through excercise and emotional well-being.

I hated the grapefruit-for-breakfast idea, until I tried it.  It wasn't so bad, once I was eating it.  I wouldn't dare eat it normally without sugar and honey.  I suppose I should weigh myself.  I so look forward to the hardboiled eggs.

157.5 lbs.  I need a better scale.
I didn't stick with the diet. I had yogurt, watermelon, vitamins and such.

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Monday, November 27th, 2006
8:09 pm

My plan to lose weight did not work.  I have perhaps lost fifteen pounds since the beginning of this year, but most of that I lost in February.  I don't think that losing weight is going to happen unless I'm really active and I lose the mental weight too: i.e. brooding dilemmas.  I'm not one of those kooky metaphysical people who thinks your body exhibits how you feel, etc, but there's definitely a connection between emotional constipation and physical retention, or even tension.  (And definitely vice versa.)
156lbs.  Maybe it did work.

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
9:32 pm

Hello World. I am currently 158 pounds or thereabout. I cannot seem to weigh any less than that, even though I've been walking on average three miles a day. It's a tad less than before: my recurrent 160lbs, but it's been three or four months. My current weight is yet better than last winter when I weighed myself at 165+ lbs. And some days I weigh 161 lbs again. I hear different types of excercise (variety), such as swimming can help, but I haven't lost weight from the times I swam. I only ever weighed 140+ pounds in high school, even though, during that time I did ballet for three hours a day. I don't want to judge myself based on how much I weigh, but I notice that with heaviness comes disproportionate padding in undesirable areas like my chest, etc. So yes, I do want to lose weight. I set 140 lbs as my goal, but I'm willing to just go for ten pounds right now, or smaller increments. I'm just a bit frustrated that I haven't been able to keep it off.

I eat a healthy diet for the most part. I'm staying away from the cookies at the Starbucks counters, and only drinking non-fat lattes if any, with no sugar. And don't tell me that there is sugar in coffee, or that coffee is bad for you. It's not the source of my weight at once or twice a week; I used to drink coffee a hell of a lot more. I take vitamins. I try to stay away from alcohol. I don't drink beer. I avoid processed food for the most part. So I don't know what's up. (I'm also under a TREMENDOUS amount of stress; but there is nothing I can do about that except get work done.) Maybe it will just require more time of this lifestyle of regular walks and healthy diet.

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
1:48 pm

Hi Everyone! I'm new (just joined today) and have finally made the decision to lose weight and keep it off the healthy way. No more crash diets, no more fad diets, no more starving myself. I've always been a bit "plump" and became overweight towards the end of middle school/the beginning of high school. It never really showed however because I was active. My weight skyrocketed last year when I started college. I'm no longer playing sports and haven't been going to the gym regularly, so not only am I overweight, I'm out of shape. That's about to change. I'm taking it slow however. I'm currently 221.5 pounds (I weighed myself yesterday) and ultimately would like to lose about 80 pounds to be in the 140 pound range. I'm trying not to look at that though and just take it 10 pounds at a time. I joined looking for support and inspiration, I'm sure I'll find both here. Good luck to everyone starting and keep up the great work to everyone!

Age: 20
Height: 5'3
Current Weight: 221.5
Short Term Goal: 211
Long Term Goal: 140-range

Diet Plan:
I don't have much of a diet plan. My biggest obstacle is working on not giving into temptations and late night snacking. I'm currently trying to eat 3 meals a day with a little snack in between. I'm cutting back on junk food (and working on cutting it out completely) as well as cutting back on "bad" carbs. I've upped my veggie and fruit intake. Sticking to whole grains. And upping my water intake while cutting back on my Diet Coke addiction.

Exercise Plan:
Again, I'm starting out slow. It's been a while since I've gone to the gym on a regular basis. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I do a half hour of cardio (normally the elliptical or treadmill, I prefer the elliptical). Tuesday's and Wednesday's I do about 10-15 minutes of cardio on the bike and then weight training. Tuesday's I do the upper body and Thursday's I do the lower body. If I get to the gym over the weekend, that's great...but I'm not beating myself up over it.

So far I'm in day three and my biggest obstacle was last night between 12:30-3:00 when I was downstairs working on a paper with someone in my class. One of my housemates had made lasagna and it was sitting on the counter with her telling me to eat some. I didn't!

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Thursday, November 24th, 2005
7:47 am - ouch

So I had my first day of doing my new workout from my personal trainer all by my lonesome. I swear it took all my energy just to walk home. If it wasn't for the fact I was starving and had to get in all my food for the day I would have just gone right to bed. I mainly feel it in my abs as some of the exercises really worked that area. Hurts a touch when I cough.

What I do is a half hour of cardio which was frustrating last night since my heart rate was not getting to where I needed it to be at 140. I think it was doing a hill program that was a bit varried. I think I'll stick to just manual from here on in. Then the weights & resistance routine, then another half hour of cardio. This time on the bike. While it was a bit easier to keep my heart rate up my legs felt like jello. I really did want to give up after 15 minutes but I just imagined every rotation of the pedals was another bit of an ounce off my body. Sometimes you just gotta take your motivation where you can.

I have at least 20 pounds to lose before Valentines day. Not that I have anything special for that day, it was just around the date of my reaching goal anniversary and it's an easy day to remember. It's also the day my next depo shot is due.

I am off the gym until sunday and I have some challenges as far as food is coming up. I play Dungeons and Dragons in a couple of public campaigns and I hae al all day session on saturday. I just have to remind myself to go to Subway for dinner rather than the restaurant a couple of blocks away.

current mood: tired

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
4:52 pm - the quick story so far

Just joined. Hello to all. I've lost 94 pounds on Jenny Craig and through my own stupidity gained about 20 back. for the past few months I've been trying to get it back off before it gets out of control again. I do have to say it has not been easy but I refuse to give up. I've done it before, I can do it again. Mostly it's been giving into temptation way to much.

Recently my gym started a special on personal trainer sessions so I took them up on it and had my first session last night. Ouch. Productive ouch but still :) I do my new routine for the first time tonight so wish me luck. The idea is a half hour of cardio with maintaining around a 140 heart rate (bought a monitor so I don't have to rely on flaky gym equipment), my weight and stretch routine then another half hour of cardio.

later on tonight I'll try and post some before and after stuff which I hope will provide inspiration. Remember, it's not about dieting, it's learning a heathly lifestyle.

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
9:14 pm - weight loss program

Hey Guys

My friend is thinking of going on a weight loss program and I'm going with her for moral support. Only problem is, she can't decide which program. I'm thinking either Jenny Craig or La Weight Loss. Can you guys recommend a program or tell me about the two I mentioned? I will greatly appreciate it.

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005
12:12 pm

hi my name's amanda and i've been overweight all my life :( it wasn't so bad when i entered high school because i was on the swim team and lost a bunch of weight! well really 10lbs but i looked good, unfortunatly i've gained it all back pluse some.

i'm 18, 5', and around 150
the lowest ive been is 135

i would like to be around 120 or whatever is my ideal is

i have my sisters quince in April and i want to look good because everyone is taking pictures and such, as well as my senior prom, don't want to be the duff (designated ugly fat friend) not that i ever was but my is sister tiny (i hate her, lol but she deserves to be she works out everyday.)

well thanks in advance for all your support, i'll have pictures later...

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Saturday, August 28th, 2004
11:32 am - Getting Back on Track...



I'm back from texas...

They say everything's bigger in texas...

Well, I came out of texas bigger! Damnit!

I went to texas at 225lbs and I came home from texas at 235lbs... Nice, huh? I Think NOT!

So, after a few days of screwing around and getting back to normal, and of course a $200 grocery shopping trip, I'm not getting back on track.

I've vowed to get back to weight watchers online to get myself back on try and get back to 225, and make a fresh start from 225! Because I can NEVER get below 225, but this time I will!

So, what's up with this new Weight watchers core plan? I read about it on WW Online and I'm so lost!

I think I might just stick to the weight watchers flex points... what I know works! Hee x 3!!!

Anyways, I'd like to get to the gym tonight, not sure if I will or not since I've been overly tired, getting used to the 2 hour time difference! BAH! Time differences SUCK ass!

Anyways, I DID make one of my goals before I left, which was to shop in a skinny person store, and feel comfortable... and I DID! I bought SIZE 13 Roxy jeans!!! WOO HOO! And TONS of size 15 Tilt jeans from PacSun! I felt totally comfortable there! I LOVE it! And now I have jeans coming out of my ass! Hee x 3!!! They're so damn comfy too! I love 'em!

Anyways, that's my weight loss update for now! Hee x 3!!!

I have TONS of notes to respond to on OD and ITW which I will be getting to soon (hopefully)!

Not sure if I'm pregnant or not yet, took a First response early test 4 days early (as early as it says you can take it) and it was negative... I do have a slight urinary tract infection though it's driving me nuts!!!

Ok, enough blabbing from me!



current mood: energetic

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2004
1:51 am
strivinghope88 ok i want to drop some pounds.

First of all, im about 5'6 and about 143-145 lbs. What would be a good goal weight?

Also, no matter what i do I don't loose weight. I was on a track team with extensive workouts and didn't loose anything. I don't really gain weight either. So does anyone have like any good exercise tips or workouts i could try?


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Thursday, September 4th, 2003
1:49 pm - Weight loss update

Howdy everyone!

I haven't posted an update in a while, so I thought I would.

Mike and I have now moved to Phase 2. We are doing well!

We decided to join a gym - we both have personal trainers (PT) as well. I don't mind spending the money - that's actually a motivator for me! Yesterday I walked 2 miles on the treadmill at about a 3.2 mph clip. Not bad for just starting. :lol:

My blood sugar got REALLY low though - so I crashed pretty bad and had to have a bottle of OJ at the gym on the way out. :shock:

I thought I'd be sore today (when I've walked in the past I was sore) but things are good. I'm not really sore at all. :P

Today I go back and work with Donna my PT at 5pm. 3 weeks of cardio to build up, then onto weight training. I guess it'll be a mix of treadmill, elliptical trainer and then this esalator type stair stepper... $10 bucks says I'll be hurting tomorrow. :roll:

I'm excited though - dropping a lot of weight (almost 20lbs now) - and working out should help that - not to mention improving overall fitness.

After only one day - I'd highly recommend the motivation of a good club. The staff knows me by name (and a little joke nickname) and are very encouraging, thinking every little achievement is a victory... definately what I need!


rightonhighfive - visit my journal, yo!

current mood: hopeful

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Sunday, August 24th, 2003
11:24 pm - Cheating Sucks!

So I've cheated a few times.. and each time I've gotten SICK! I mean like stomach pains from hell sick. So, no more cheating! I realized just how bad it is to feel sick. I'm NOT going back there.

Visit my journal: rightonhighfive

current mood: sick

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Friday, August 15th, 2003
4:00 pm

Amelia, Marla and I planned all week to take a small break as a reward for doing well on Phase 1. So after lunch today, Amelia went to the frozen custard place and bought a large grasshopper (mint chocolate chip and some choco cookie crumbs). We split it three ways. After one bite we all looked at each other with a mite of disgust!

It was a shock to the tastebuds alright. The first bite was not as great as I remembered it being. I did enjoy the divergence, and it was yummy, but I kinda feel bad now. I just feel droopy and like my brain is on some kind of drug-induced high. So, I can't say that I miss it all that much. It doesn't make me feel good.

Remind me of this when I start talking about cheesecake and ice cream again. I still think I'll probably go to Cheesecake Factory after I drop 20 pounds. I'll enjoy it, but remind myself of why I can't go there ALL THE TIME.

current mood: blah

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2003
12:35 pm - The Great Cheesecake Fiasco

So, I came up with this Phase 1 friendly cheesecake recipe (find out more about Phase 1 at I Know the Cause!), and posted it on the Message Board at I Know the Cause!.

I will post the recipe below, for everyone! Anyhow, a woman read it and sent me this email:
"Amelia....What is crack in your recipe...that you put on top while cooling!!!"

Can I tell you that I friggen fell off of my chair? Clearly she read it wrong....

Now, here's the recipe!

I call this Wahoo! Cheesecake because when I found out I could make and have cheesecake on Phase 1 - I said "WAHOO!"

Yield: 1 9-10 inch Cheesecake

12oz Cream Cheese
2 eggs
1 tbsp lemon
1/2 cup Heavy Whip Cream
Stevia to taste (go sweeter than you think)

If you'd like, you can soften the cream cheese in the microwave for 15 seconds, this makes it easier to mix without lumps.

In a large mixing bowl combine cream cheese, lemon, stevia and 1 egg. Mix until well blended and there are very few lumps. Mix in 2nd egg until completely mixed.

Fold in whipping cream until just mixed, do not overbeat.

Pour into crust (see Nutmeal Pie Crust recipe). You can use a springform pan, however, you would need to add to the recipe, or this will make a very flat cheesecake in a springform pan.

For a creamy cheesecake, bake it in a water bath. Take a large pan like a roasting pan (be sure to test your pie plate/springform pan to fit inside), and place cheesecake pan inside. Fill larger pan with water until halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Then chill for at least 2 hours. Top will crack while cooling.

Serve with sliced strawberries or other Phase friendly fruit.


current mood: amused

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12:35 pm - w00t!

Okay, so I've picked up again with a new plan that will hopefully become a lifestyle. I've lost 5 pounds so far on Doug Kaufmann's Phase One plan. You can get more info at www.iknowthecause.com. It's a low-carb, low chemical (is that a good way to describe it?) diet.

Anyway, I would like to get this community chatting again... So, here's my question... What kinds of tricks or ideas have helped you steer clear of bad habits, keep an exercise routine going, etc.
Post it as a new entry!

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Thursday, June 5th, 2003
12:42 am - New Weight Loss Support Community!

Hi ! I'm here to promote a new Weight Loss Support Community called inches_a_weigh! I've been cruising thru these weight-loss communities and find that most of them have either been inactive for a year or so, or are very "quiet" communities with not a lot of participation. I want to create a new community where we can have many active members who can all support eachother in our strive for weight-loss and/or healthy lifestyles :-) Think this may be for you? Click Here to read the community guidelines.

My apologies if this post get in anyone's way. I am just looking for people who are interested in being active members! And what better place to look?

I hope to see you at inches_a_weigh where we can shed inches and pounds with SUPPORT!

current mood: excited

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2003
12:46 am
moomers Hey everyone, im new here. I'm hoping to lose 40 pounds by mid-August. Ive already lost 30 (50 in total) but Im starting to lose motivation fast. Im going to be doing a Water/fruit/veggies only fast for the rest of this month. So in other words drinking tons of water everyday plus an orange, or apple, or carrot, or one thing of my choice. So what im looking for is any girls or guys that want to join me, so we can motivate eachother, give eachother tips, and compete with eachother (in a good way). Anyways I figure if we all help eachother out, we could all easily lose 30 pounds (or however much you want to lose) by August, or whatever month you are thinking of. As for me, I am so busy with school and work that I cant get to the gym till schools out, but fuck it I can still do sit ups and what not at home. so Anyways, yeah, leave me your AIM or AOL screen name and I will add you to my buddy list and whatever suggestions you have, And we can all start getting thin.... the more the better! Everyone is welcome, no matter how fat or how thin you are, even though all of you will say you are fat (haha). So come on people, i need your help. <3 p.s. Sorry for cross posting

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